Chronic homeless is an epidemic in the Rural Oregon Continuum of Care, which had the 8th largest chronic population of any continuum in America in the last AHAR report to the United States Congress.
This small subset of the homeless population utilizes a vastly disproportionate percentage of community resources, from shelter dollars to public safety costs to emergency services.
We believe in Housing First, which is not a program, but a community vision that everyone deserves a home. We embrace immediate access to permanent housing with no housing readiness requirement. We support consumer choice and self-determination. We favor harm-reduction strategies and a recovery orientation using individualized and client-driven supports.
Housing is a basic human right, and a matter of simple human dignity. Permanent Housing is both the just outcome for the chronically homeless, and the most cost effective approach to solving homelessness among the most vulnerable members of our community.
Homelessness should be one time, brief, and rare.
An evidence based and data-driven program of standardized access, assessment, and referrals for housing and other services across agencies in a community.
It is both a federal mandate, and the best means for mobilizing a community's resources for permanent housing.